Statement: Murder of Aubrey Jackson and Rosalie Bloch

Cape Town, 7 May 2018: It was with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic deaths of Aubrey Jackson and Rosalie Bloch, members of the Cape Jewish community. The SAJBD (Cape Council) express their deepest condolences to the Bloch and Jackson families who lost their loved ones in a violent and abhorrent manner over the weekend.

Aubrey’s father, Abraham M Jackson served as Chairman of the Cape Board from 1946-1949, and under his Chairmanship, founded the United Communal Fund. He played a remarkable role in many Jewish communal organisations and in the greater Cape Town community throughout his life. Abraham was life president of the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation and a former chairman of the Community Chest, amongst others and was fondly known as “the fighting Irishman”. 

The Cape Board is horrified that violent crime remains disturbingly high in South Africa, and are perplexed by the senseless killings of this elderly couple. In Jewish religious teaching, we learn that the shedding of blood (Shefikhut Damim) is the primeval sin (Gen. 4:8) and throughout the centuries ranks in Jewish law as the gravest and most reprehensible of all offenses. With this in mind, we hope that the perpetrators of this crime will be apprehended and brought to justice swiftly.